Southwest (AZ NM OK TX)

Agenda for SEJ's 25th Annual Conference

Environmental Journalism 2015 is under way! We and our host, the University of Oklahoma, will fill your notebook with story ideas applicable to your audience. Online registration is closed; however, walk-ins on site are always welcome! (NOTE: Some ticketed events may be full.)

  • Thursday's all-day tours are followed by independent hospitality receptions and exhibits in the Oklahoma Ballroom.
  • Don't miss Friday's plenary, "What's in Your Email, Doc?" on the issue of scientists being peppered with open-records requests to see their data and emails on hot-button topics like climate change and GMO foods.
  • We've also got Friday and Saturday sessions on fracking & quakes, climate change & extreme weather, water rights & fights, Native Americans & diversity, ag & soil health, and so much more.
  • Peruse the draft agenda or read speaker bios.
  • We'll be holding elections for the SEJ board. Find candidate statements here (you'll need your log-in info).

Check out the Conference A/V Contests;
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Image (top left): Hydro towers. As Oklahoma is a microcosm of energy rights and fights across the nation, multiple panels and Saturday's plenary session will look at the issues.

Many Along Texas Border Still Live Without Safe, Drinkable Water

"Turn on the faucet. Fill a glass with water. Drink it. Acts so commonplace you perform them without thinking twice. Flora Barraza cannot. Neither can José Garcia, nor the cooks at Los Pasteles Bakery No. 2, nor the elderly at the Epoca de Oro Adult Day Care. Along the Texas-Mexico border, nearly 90,000 people are believed to still live without running water. An untold number more — likely tens of thousands, but no one is sure — often have running water of such poor quality that they cannot know what poisons or diseases it might carry."

Source: Texas Tribune, 03/09/2015

Is Your Audience in an Oil Train Blast Zone?

After a February 16, 2015, oil train derailment and explosion in West Virginia, new concerns have arisen over the public's right to know about the dangers oil trains pose to communities. Now trackside communities have some data and maps to help them protect themselves. Image: AP Photo/ Office of the Governor of West Virginia, Steven Wayne Rotsch.


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